When you want to sidle up to “America’s Finest City,” spend some time in Santee and put early mornings on the lake at the top of your itinerary. Santee may feel tucked away behind expansive hiking trails lined with coastal sage, but you’ll be a breezy 19-mile drive to the beautiful La Jolla Shores. Rolling in the hills directly east of San Diego’s northern neighborhoods, hotels in Santee are perfect hideaways for slowing down after keeping pace with crashing waves and the fast-popping fizz of San Diego’s creative cocktail scene.
California is driver’s country, so turn the key in car rentals in Santee and plan for miles of sunshine and blue skies. Leave your travel-worn suitcase in one of our Santee hotels and trade the briskness of your airport walk for the serene stillness of the Santee Lakes. Cast a line from a secluded dock and start reeling in big fish stories to tell over pints of hoppy IPA in local breweries. Although it’s the size of a small neighborhood, Santee boasts a covet-worthy craft beer culture all its own.
Follow up this fermentation foray with a trolley ride from Santee all the way to downtown San Diego. The green line stops in Little Italy and Seaport Village along the way. Pause your commute to sip iced coffee in a patio cafe and saunter through a waterfront park where locals and their canine companions stretch out on the grass with a glass of lemonade. From Seaport Village, you can see the city’s high-rises reflecting in the San Diego Bay. Watch the sun set over the water before wandering back to Santee to rest up for a hike at Mission Trails Regional Park.
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